Southern University Board of Supervisors forms search committee to find president-chancellor replacement

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Southern University Board of Supervisors has formed a search committee that will be tasked with finding a president-chancellor replacement for the school system.

The committee will screen applicants and select finalists for the position.

“I’m pleased to have a very diverse group of well-respected stakeholders to assist the Board in selecting a new leader for the Southern University System,” said Southern University Board of Supervisors Chairman Domoine Rutledge. “This task, in my opinion, dwarfs all others allotted to our charge as a Board, and I wanted new faces, new thoughts, and new ideas such that we can write a new and compelling narrative going forward.” 

Search committee members:


  • Tim Barfield, president of CSRS Inc. 
  • Alfred Harrell, CEO of the Southern University System Foundation 
  • Gayle Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans 
  • Sandra Brown, dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health at Southern University and A&M College 
  • Nzhada Harris, president of the Student Bar Association at Southern University Law Center 
  • Lee Jackson, chairman and CEO of Jackson Offshore Operations LLC 
  • Irving Matthews, president of The Matthews Automotive Group 
  • Cynthia Ramirez, professor and president of the faculty senate at Southern University at New Orleans 
  • LaQuitta Thomas, national president of the Southern University Alumni Federation 
  • Warner Thomas, president and CEO of Ochsner Health  
  • Tiffany Varner, director of nursing at Southern University at Shreveport 

Ex – Officio Members:

  • Domoine D. Rutledge, chairman of the Southern University Board of Supervisors 
  • Ed Shorty, vice chairman of the Southern University Board of Supervisors 

President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton announced his retirement plans in July after 35 years of working in the SU school system.

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